How I was Able to Get My Body Back: 3 Kids Later

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So if there is one thing I am pretty familiar with its losing weight after a baby. You might look at me and think it's genetic or that it must have been fairly easy and I am going to be honest, Hell no! Losing weight is not easy, especially not after having 3 kids. But what is easy...Knowing what works and that it will keep working as long as I am dedicated. 5 years ago I signed up for a weight loss program through a local Dr. I was putting in an hour a day on my spin bike, wearing a trash bag with a weighted vest over it. When I wasn't doing that I would run 3 miles, now tell me why I barely saw the scale move after 5 months of working myself into the ground. This is why people get discouraged and give up. You are working so hard for little to no return. I had eliminated gluten at that point and thought that would be the miracle to weight loss. Dead wrong! So I went to this Dr. as a last result and what an eye opener. All of these foods I thought were healthy were not what I should have been eating for weight loss.

I have been on some form of this method for about 5.5 years and have learned new ways and styles of doing things when it comes to the amount of weight I want to lose and at what rate. There is a lot of info and I want to share it all but I don't want to overwhelm you. I think the best place to start is going to be the foods you should eliminate right now if you want to lose FAT.

For stage 1 we want to shock your body and kickstart that fat burning process. This is more like a detox. You'r body is going to want sugar like never before. Yes, you'll probably get a headache. Yes you will turn into a Hangry B but by the end of day 4 you will no longer be thinking about sugar the way you were before. Your cravings for carbs will be much easier satisfied by your new way of eating. This will be hard and use that willpower like never before. This is crucial because this experience will save you from cheating. You will never want to go through stage one again. SO.DONT.CHEAT otherwise what is the point of this.

I remember thinking for the 1st time at the maintenance phase of this diet how the feeling I had now was worth way more than that piece of pizza would have been. I had never been happier and felt more confident.

The Protein Stage 1 food list: Stay strictly to this plan for 4 days.

You will want to eat a total of 15 servings a day.

This list counts for 1 serving (Just about the size of your palm is 1 serving.)

Phase 1 (1-4 Days)

Very Lean Protein List

Poultry: Chicken or turkey

Fish: Cod, sea bass, opah, ahi, swordfish, flounder, haddock, tilapia, swai, halibut, trout, and tune canned in water only.

Shellfish: Crab, lobster, scallops, shrimp

Game: Venison, buffalo

Cheese: 1% cottage cheese, fat free cheese, Any cheese 1gm or less of fat per oz

Hard Boiled egg
1 egg
Egg whites
2 egg whites
Tofu 3 ounces
Hot Dog ( I love the fat free Hebrew National)
Processed Meat Such as deli meat 1 gm of or less of fat.
Turkey Bacon

Phase 1 Free Selections (Eat as much from this list as you'd like)
Pickles, Jalapeños, fat free broth, Miracle whip Free (Frozen is like Ice cream)
You're welcome! LOL So many free options! HAHA

Calorie Free Flavored waters, caffeine free soda, decaf coffee or tea, Regular Coffee (Limit 2 per day) Any calorie free drinks. NO MILK OR JUICES Unsweetened almond milk or soy milk may be used in coffee or protein shakes.

Phase 2 (Continued at day 5)

Lean Protein List

Beef: USDA Select or choice (Trimmed of fat) Such as Round Roast, sirloin, flank steak, tenderloin, roast, T-bone, porterhouse, ground round.

Pork: Lean ham, Canadian bacon, tenderloin, loin chop.

Lamb: Roast, chop, leg

Fish: Herring, salmon, catfish

Cheese: 4% cottage cheese 1/4 Cup
Grated Parmesan Cheese 2 Tablespoons
Cheese 3 grams or less of fat per oz.

Other: Hot dogs (Fat free kind) Beef or Turkey
Deli Meat
Turkey Bacon

MAXIMUM of 1/2 servings from the Lean Protein List
The remaining servings should come from the VERY Lean Protein List.

VEGGIES (3 Servings from this list a day) 1 Cup = 1 Serving

Asparagus                              Celery                           Sauerkraut
Artichoke                               Cucumber                     Spinach
Beans (green or yellow)        Edamame                      Spaghetti Squash
Bean Sprouts                         Eggplant                       Radish
Bok Choy                              Greens (Collard)           Tofu
Broccoli                                 Zucchini
Brussel Sprouts                     Kale
Cabbage                                Mushrooms
Cactus                                   Onions
Cauliflower                           Peppers

FRUIT LIST (2 Servings from this list a day.)

Apples/Pears 1 small                      Kumquat 6
Blackberries 1/4 Cup                     Orange/ Tangerine 1 small
Blueberries 1/4 Cup                       Peach 1 small
Cherries 12                                    Raspberries 6
Grapes 12                                      Strawberries 6
Grapefruit 1/2 Medium                 Tomato 1 Medium
Kiwi 1 small

Starchy vegetables, Beets, Bread, carrots, corn, pasta, potatoes, rice, avocados, lima beans, yams, bananas, melon, watermelon, nuts.

**Note: After the first week on this program make 1 day per week a protein only day. Example: Carb Free Wednesday

Phase 2 Free Selections
Sugar Free Jello, lettuce, pickles, jalapeños, fat free broth, Miracle whip Free, cucumbers

Calorie Free Flavored waters, caffeine free soda, decaf coffee or tea, Regular Coffee (Limit 2 per day) Any calorie free drinks. NO MILK OR JUICES Unsweetened almond milk or soy milk may be used in coffee or protein shakes.

Daily Fluid Requirements is 3 to 4 quartz (96-128 oz.) 64 oz should be water.

So for Phase 1 I wanted to share a couple recipes to get you started.

I will be sharing more recipes weekly for Phase 2.

Egg White Omelet 
1/2 Cup Egg White
Veggie Cooking spray
1/4 - 1/2 Cup chopped mushrooms, green onions, bell peppers, low fat or fat free jack cheese or mozzarella used sparingly.

(1 protein Serving and 1/4-1/2 Carbohydrate Serving)

Mocha Breakfast Shake

3 scoops Protein Powder (Vega or Zone Brand)
4-6oz Cold Brew Coffee
1 Tablespoon Hershey's Unsweetened Special Dark Cocoa powder
Splenda to taste and a handful of Ice cubes.

Snack Suggestions
Turkey and Mustard Roll-ups  1-2 oz (About 3 or 4)
1 Hard Boiled Egg
1 low fat String Cheese
1/4 Cup of 4% Cottage Cheese. (Add some garlic salt on top for added flavor. Mmmmm LOL)
1 Turkey Hot Dog or Fat Free All Beef Hot Dog. (I love the fat free Hebrew National brand.)

Another Suggestion:

I would cook an entire package of Turkey Burger into paddies and have them in the fridge ready to crab when I needed them.

I sprinkle each side with a little garlic salt and melt a pinch of parmesan cheese on top. Perfect for any meal with a side of cottage cheese or a quick grab and go snack.

This first phase is very hard but it's these 4 days that will kick your body into fat burn mode. It will also keep you from cheating. If you blow a day you will need to start over and that is the last thing you will want so DO NOT CHEAT. Or this plan will be pointless. You will be so encouraged after these first 4 days because you will most likely see some weight drop and or begin to feel much better. Just hang in there, the cravings shortly stop and you'll be so surprised and proud of your achievements just a few short days into this plan. You'll find yourself uninterested in foods you can't have. It's really very cool.

My final tip before I send you on your way is to prepare. The day before you start this plan you will want to do a big grocery shop. Meal prep as much as you can because you will be starving and not want to go through the trouble of cooking and be tempted to grab a cheat food. If you can just eliminate those foods all together. Do not keep them in the house.

Make a bunch of turkey burgers, turkey sausage, cooked salmon to pick off of in the fridge. Have food ready because you will get a little cray cray but don't worry, it doesn't last long. LOL And warn your close family and friends to stay away for those first 4 days because you will be hangry.

Ok, thats it for now. I believe in you! You can do this, and when you do you will see that it was all worth it. I remember putting on a bikini after my first experience with this diet and thinking, "WOW! This feels way better than those french fries would have."

If you have any questions at all just shoot me an email. And be sure to keep an eye out for my KETO friendly recipes I'll be sharing weekly.

I love you all and I know you can do this!

**Disclaimer:  Always speak with a health care professional before trying anything new in terms of weight loss. I am not responsible or guarantee any form of results or reactions. This diet plan was given to me under the supervision of a Doctor and it cost me a lot of money. I am simply sharing the information I obtained through that specific weight loss center.

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